Thursley Village Hall is a beautiful Victorian school building in the heart of Thursley, just off the A3 close to the Hindhead Tunnel. It provides one of the best community facilities in the area - and it loves to be used!
With a large Main hall and separate smaller North hall, fully equipped kitchen and spacious lawned garden to the rear which backs onto Thursley National Nature Reserve, the Hall is a great venue available to hire for events from wedding receptions (with space for erecting a marquee in the garden) to Brownies/Cub Scouts sleepover weekends and all points inbetween.
Everyone is welcome!
Another fabulous fundraising success!
We have been awarded £14,858 from ACRE’s Village Hall Improvement Fund towards the final stage of the main roof replacement and double glazing the windows, thus making our lovely old building much more environmentally sound. Big congratulations and thanks to Andrea, our fundraiser, whose tireless efforts in wading through the paperwork and jumping through the hoops required to secure this grant have been so well rewarded. Whoop whoop!
Together with the £10,000 grant from The National Lottery Fund, the £5,000 we raised from Village Hall events last year, and three generous village donors, we are well on our way to being able to finalise our renovations. With that put to bed, we can then concentrate all our efforts on our big project of reconfiguring the Hall (for more details, see below).
The Main Hall is FINALLY being painted. Goodbye Agent Orange...
The Village Hall flat has just been vacated and we are actively looking for new tenants. It’s in really good condition, with two big bedrooms, a large living room, and separate kitchen. The rent is £875pcm - a real bargain in this beautiful area. Please contact Clea (01252 703913 or 07711 183959 or email@example.com or Clea Beechey on Facebook) for further details or a viewing.
We are delighted to welcome a new Hall Manager - Isobel Murphy. Isobel lives in Bowlhead Green, and you may also know her from her yoga classes at Roots Yoga. Please contact her on 07826 521954 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any Village Hall related queries.
In December, we welcomed the BlackBox theatre company to the Hall for their production of John Buchan’s The 39 Steps - A Live Radio Drama. A near sell-out crowd enjoyed an immensely funny performance, at the same time raising several hundred pounds from ticket and bar sales on the night for the Village Hall Restoration Fund. We are lucky enough to have secured BlackBox for another pre-Christmas treat at the end of this year, when they will be bringing their version of Abigail’s Party to the Hall on Sunday 29th November - save the date!
The Village Children’s Christmas Party was a delightful way to end the year, with Father Christmas once again managing to fit in a visit to Thursley just before his big day. Thanks as always to Holly Cowan and Gabrielle Brine for liaising with him to ensure his appearance so close to the big day!
Our future plans are progressing well: we’ve had a comprehensive survey of the entire site done; we’ve had architects’ plans of the proposed extension and internal alterations drawn up (currently being tweaked to incorporate various suggestions); and we’ve had a pre-planning meeting with Waverley Borough Council who were happy with the plans. After the drawings have been finalised, we plan to hold an open day one weekend at the Hall to show anyone who’s interested the plans before finally submitting them for planning approval. Watch this space!
Just to reiterate for anyone who’s missed the aim of the alterations, in a nutshell, we’re planning to enable the two parts of the Hall to be used separately at the same time so that the Nursery can keep going every weekday AND the North Hall can be used by other people at the same time; to improve the kitchen area so that in the week both “sides” of the Hall (Nursery and North) can use their own separated side of kitchen, while at other times the kitchen can be used as a much bigger and more usable whole space; and to add another shed’s worth of outside storage space.
Please take a quick look at our village hall Facebook page. Make sure to like and follow us (please!) so you don’t miss any village hall news.
And as always, please contact us if you’d like to get involved in any way with the Hall - everyone and their opinions welcome!
Sunday 23rd February 2.30pm
Despite the threat of rain, we managed all the races in good weather and reired to the hall for tea, cakes and of course, pancakes. Prizes all round, from the under fives to the over 60s.
Saturday 10th May 6.30pm
VE Day - 75th Anniversary Commemoration Evening
A family evening full of food, fun, laughter and song to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Tickets only £10 per person, with profits going to Help for Heroes and the Village Hall Restoration Fund. Tickets from Andrea on 07876 683078 or email@example.com. We are looking for cooks to help prepare our 1940s themed meal - if you can help, please contact Dene on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07779 833430. Thank you!
Saturday 6th June
More details to follow. We expect this to be a very popular afternoon, so if you are interested, please contact Dene as soon as possible to book a table. (Contact details as above.)
We are compiling a Thursley calendar for 2021 - please start thinking about your entry with a photo that best shows our lovely village from your point of view. The theme is “Thursley through the year”, and all ages and abilities are welcome. Deadline for entries is September.
Thank you for all your support - these events are only a success because of your presence!